/ Another backhoe question #31
- Jul 29, 2013
- Tennessee ridge, tn
- Komatsu WB140-2N, Takeuchi TL230-2
When we got our place our first machine was a Komatsu WB140 backhoe. With 98hp, a 1.1 yard 4in1 bucket, 4WD and an extend-a-hoe it’s a beast. Have pulled huge trees out of the creek, dug 6’ deep trenches for our geothermal system, stumps - it’s hard to stop. But it is very big, hard to get into tight areas, and at 18,000# the ruts in damp soil are a problem. So we got a Takeuchi TL230 track loader, and it’s my go to machine. Great for spreading dirt and grading (I struggled grading with the Komatsu, couldn’t see what was going on in front of the bucket), put a grapple on it and it’s excellent for brush cleanup, put a auger on it and it makes quick work of drilling holes for 100 trees. So I would suggest looking into a compact track loader, good traction, can work in wet weather without making a big mess, good visibility (everything is right in front of you) and an enormous range of attachments allow you to adapt / grow with your needs and budget. If you contemplate putting a mower / mulcher on it in the future look for a cab machine.